504 Main by Holly Lefevre: February 2012
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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

My creativity and inspiration seems to be on vacation
(and oh how I would love to be with it).
Thankfully, I have an opinionated 4 year old to help out!
"Mama, can you make me sparkly butterflies for my room."
She had been eyeing this gorgeous sparkly
Glamour Dust Glitter Paint since I received it.
Finally direction...from a 4 year old!

So this is a fun and easy project and depending on the age of the kiddo, they could most do it themselves! Of course you do not have to do butterflies...let your imagination soar!
See the pretty sparkles!


  • 9 x 12 canvas (I was going to use a larger canvas...and still think this would look better on a slightly larger canvas)
  • Gorilla Glue: regular glue and wood glue
  • DecoArt American Acrylic Paint: Turq Blue, Believe Pink (or a pink you like that corresponds to the Glamour Dust), Lemon Yellow (optional), white wash (optional)
  • DecoArt  Glamour Dust Glitter Paint: Turquoise Sparkle, Celebration Pink, Lemon Drop (optional). Ixce Crystals (optional)
  • Foam brushes
  • DecoArt Stencil, Jacobean Floral
  • DecoArt Thickening medium
  • Glitter, aquamarine color (or color of choice)
  • Distress Ink, tea dye
  • Plastic palette knife or old store/credit card 
  • 12+/- Wood butterfly cut outs from craft store (I used 11..a bigger canvas would call for more)

It is a pretty simple paint and glue project...but you can check out the compete tutorial at The DIY Club!

NOTE: The Glamour Dust does sparkle on its own, but for this project I have layered it with the corresponding acrylic paint - it gives the Glamour Dust a rich vibrant sparkle! 

The FLY is distressed on purpose -
I rubbed off some of the glitter and used the ink -
it was just too perfect fully glittered.

My little one is very happy with her new sparkly butterflies...mostly.
OK, I will fess up...while she was at school I changed up the project...
I like it better, but let's just say 4 year olds do not appreciate Distress Ink - 
she has an order in for a "plain butterfly."


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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I LOVE going to the Farmers Market...
(and I also bring my own bags when I shop anywhere).
But you know what I cannot stand -
the fresh produce (especially the strawberries)
getting smushed in a bag as I walk around the market.
I wanted a sturdy flat-bottomed bag to keep my strawberries firm,
my lettuce crisp, and whatever else I come up with safe and fresh.

This is an idea that I came up with as a solution to one of my own "little" problems, but after a people saw it and loved it,
and I added a pocket - you can always use an extra pocket!

  • About 1 1/2 yards (this gives you extra) Canvas, Denim, Duck Cloth (6-" wide) - I used a Drop Cloth. If you cut/place carefully, this pattern can probably be cut in one yard of fabric.
  • 104" (approx. 3 yards) of 1" Webbing in coordinating color (OR you can make strapping with the fabric)
  • 1/4" plywood (you cold easily use foam board or a heavy plastic but I really wanted a hard-bottomed bag, so I chose a lightweight (inexpensive) wood. CUT to fit bottom pocket (see #16 below)
  • Optional: T-Shirt Transfer Paper and vintage graphic from The Graphics Fairy. Strawberry Label.
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Heavyweight needle (denim)
  • Matching or contrasting thread (and bobbin with thread)
  • Pencil/Fabric Marker
  • Large sheet of paper for making pattern
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Yardstick/Ruler/L-Square
  • Pins

***All seam allowance is 1/2" unless otherwise noted***
***I prefer to WASH fabric prior to cutting sewing for these bags."
1.  Make pattern on paper (I did it right on the fabric). Use the measurements in #2.
2.  Cut pieces according to measurements:
  • Bag piece: CUT 1 on the FOLD. Make a rectangle 25 inches wide and 15" long. At the bottom of each corner, measure in (from side) 3 1/2" and measure up (from fold) 3". Make a "notch"/cutout on each side using these measurements.
  • Facing: CUT 2. Each is 25" long and 4" wide
  • Pocket: CUT 1. I used the edge of my drop cloth as the hem. (If you are adding a hem) Use a 1.5" hem. Cut pocket 9 1/2" x 8 1/2" (this measurement is with a top hem). Cut 8" x 8 1/2" if using (already sewn) drop cloth hem
  • Bottom Pocket: CUT 2. 19" long x 8" wide. Use a 1/2" seam allowance on the bottom of the pocket and a 1 1/2" hem at the opening.

3.  Cut webbing to be about 104" long - so there will be an overlap of the webbing of about 1" at the meeting point. Once cut carefully use a flame to seal the ends of the webbing so it will not fray.

4. Pin webbing to unsewn bag piece. The straps are placed 7 1/2" inches apart. I found it easiest to fold bag piece in half lengthwise  (to determine center) and then measure over 3 3/4" from center, placing "guide pins" (regular straight pins) all the way through the bag at this point. I placed pins about every 6".
5.On the bottom of the bag is a great place to start the strap/have the raw edges meet. Then pin the strapping onto the bag, making sure to only go through one layer, but using the straight pins (from #4) as a guide. Continue placing/pinning straps until you reach the original starting spot, overlap 1". NOTE: I stopped my straps (i.e. they are not sewn all the way to the facing) at 2" from the raw edge of the fabric (what will be 1 1/2" from the top of the) sewn top of the bag.

6. Remove the guide pins and open the bag. The straps should be pinned and equally distributed on both sides of the bag.

7. Place the pocket; press pocket over 1 1/2" and top stitch a hem (if you are not using the finished drop cloth hem), then fold up 1/2" on the bottom and top stitch that too. With bag laying flat, measure down (from raw edge) 3" place pocket straight across at that 3" point (pin if you need to to secure) - YOU NEED TO TUCK RAW SIDE EDGES under the strapping and pin to secure while sewing. The pocket gets sewn to the bag as you sew the strap.
8. Sew strap on, beginning at the pin/starting point (the bottom of the bag). Stitch close the the outside edge; at the 2" mark, stop, turn and sew across; stop. Turn, go across again to be able to continue down the length of the strap; continue sewing until you go all around and come back to the original start point. You will secure the pocket into place as you sew here.
9.  Fold bag with right sides together and stitch sides together. Now you can serge them (if you have a serger) or press and top stitch the seam, facing toward the back.
10.  Lay bag flat, right sides together and then at the corner "notches" fold to match up to sew them together.
11. Sewing facing side seams (short, 4" sides) together. Either overlock/serger the bottom edge of the facing of flip it up 1/2" and top stitch a hem. With right sides together, match up facing to bag and stitch at 1/2" (typically 1/4" is fine for a seam like this, but I like 1/2" for these bags).
12. Flip bags, press and top stitch at the top of the bag. I actually used a zig zag for the top stitch - just for a "style-thing." Contrasting stitching would look great too.

13.  I decided to define my corners, so I folded the (imaginary) side line and tacked for about 1" at the top of the bag.
14.  Trim thread/strings and press bag to prepare for decoration.

15. Print out graphic from the computer onto Transfer paper - be sure to use mirror image if there is writing/text. Apply the graphic to the pocket using instruction from the transfer paper. (you could apply the image prior to sewing...but this way you can make sure it is straight and exactly where you want it on the sewn product)
16. To give the bag the stability and the flat bottom, sew your bottom pocket pieces together - you should have a pocket that measures 17" long and 7" wide with an opening on one side (kind of like a pillow case) with a 1 1/2" hem.

Cut your 1/4" plywood to be approximately 16.5" x 6.5".

Tuck the plywood into the pocket. Now you can easily remove the wood when the bag needs to be laundered! 
All done...
Now let's shop!

This bag has a stiff bottom, but the rest of the bag is "slouchy" or "relaxed." It suits my needs just fine. You can add Craft Weight Pellon (Fusible) to make the bag stiffer or line it with pockets, similar to the picnic basket. You can also add velcro to the center and sides to give it better closure if that is something you desire.
 I made up a fold-away picnic basket a couple of months ago. This bag is similar
(but simpler to sew) and is inspired by the picnic basket.
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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Happy Weekend!
It is going to be a busy one!
My son bridges from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts tonight.
My daughter has her first dance class (watch out Dance Moms!)
Basketball, and well, the usual crazy family weekend stuff....
including starting my 6 beastly chairs I scored
(OK, score is not the right word) from Goodwill!
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A Note about Word Verification
this is a tame one...but UGH!
Word verification has been made even more evil on Blogger.
I don't like to tell anyone what to do...
but Blogger has made the word verification
(which I was not a fan of anyway)
absolutely awful - the words are longer, harder to reader,
it takes longer to comment, and well ridiculous. 
I do not have word verification and have so few spam problems.

So, my "plea" is to rethink word verification on your blog.
You may be missing commenters - many bloggers will not even leave comments.\

I posed this question on Facebook and the consensus was that most spam is on older posts, so to moderate comments on posts older than 14 (mine is set longer) days.
OK, that is my issue for the day!
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